Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ESV Illuminated Bible: A Review

This gorgeous Bible has a quality hardback cover with gold lettering and a matching slipcase for protection.  Pages have ample room for you to interact with the text of God's Word and journal in the margins. What a lovely gift for someone special!

Not only beautiful, this Bible is readable. The single column paragraph formatting reads like a regular book. ESV is a modern translation that maintains the traditional beauty and faithful translation of God's Word.

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I received a free review copy of this book from FlyBy Promotions for my honest review.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Is Exodus a True Account? Examine the "Patterns of Evidence"

Tim Mahoney went on a long journey to answer his questions about the Old Testament accounts of the Exodus.  Was there archaeological evidence to support the names and places named in the Bible?  Does secular history conform with the Bible stories?

Mahoney combines great film making with interviews of  several experts on the archaeology and history of the Middle East.  He even has appearances by Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu! In his 12 years of research, Mahoney left no stone unturned (metaphorically speaking.)  Narration by Kevin Sorbo makes a great film even better.

This would be a useful addition to a church library or Sunday School resource room, as well as wholesome family viewing at home.  You can get a copy at: . Use the code MK1 to get $3 off the DVD price.

I got a free review copy from FlyBy Promotions for my honest opinion.  

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Learn to Draw with a Firm Foundation

Foundations of Drawing by Al Gury lives up to its title.  He begins by defining drawing, then moves into the history of the art form. He provides a synopsis and examples from each major historical period in Chapter 1.

One must draw with something, so next comes a chapter on essential drawing materials.  Next come the essential skills: holding tools, blending, lines, shapes, and so on.  Quality illustrations show the beginner what constitutes good composition.  Everything is explained for the novice by this professional artist and art instructor.

All art begins with drawing, and you can start drawing with the help of this book.

I received a free review copy of Foundations of Drawing through Blogging for Books.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bless a Special Needs Parent

Amy Mason presents this little book of comfort and encouragement from God's Word.  When parents have a child with special needs, they are often exhausted and often in need of true encouragement.  Rather than speaking empty words like "I don't know how you do it," why not give timeless words from God Himself? His Word has brought comfort to generations of His people, and they still have power today.

Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs should be in your church library, Sunday School resource room, and in the hands of every family in your church facing the special challenges posed by a child's physical, mental, or emotional condition.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

A Story of Lydia, Beautifully Done

While I am not a big reader of fiction, I do love well done historical fiction.  Tessa Afshar has given me the kind of story I enjoy--a Bible character presented as her life might have been if we knew her back story.  The scriptural events in Lydia's life are included, such as meeting Paul and becoming a baptized believer, along with a speculative story of one way she might have come to be a single businesswoman, thriving in the Roman Empire.

Roman history and law, Jewish faith, and the Bible account inform this compelling story of one of the women who made the cut and were included in the Scriptures.  Afshar has included suspense, intrigue, betrayal, romance, and spiritual struggles with believable characters.  This is a great story, not fluffy "chick fiction."

I encourage you to get Bread of Angels to enjoy for yourself.

I received a free review copy from Tyndale publishers for my honest opinion.

The Kinsman Chronicles

Readers of fantasy fiction will be happy to know this series, The Kinsman Chronicles, is now available in bound book form as well as e-book format.  Jill Williamson's 6-part series now comes in two books.  Book 1 contains parts 1-3 and is entitled King's Folly while Book 2, King's Blood, completes the series with parts 4-6.

King's Blood picks up after the destruction of the Five Realms and follows the adventures of those left drifting at sea in ships, seeking a new home.  Read on to find out if the Deliverer can be found and the people can survive.

Get your own copy to enjoy today.

I received a free review copy of King's Blood from Bethany House Publishers.

The God You Thought You Knew--Book Review

Alex McFarland is all about "myth busting."  In this book, he tackles ten common myths about Christianity.  You have heard them, without a doubt.  Some examples are:
  • Science has disproven Christianity;
  • A loving God wouldn't send anyone to hell; and
  • Christianity is not for the educated.
Christians know these myths are wrong, but it is also important to know why they are wrong.  I would encourage all Sunday School teachers, parents, and other committed believers to take the time to read this relatively short (202 pages) book.  It is densely packed with the information you need to give an answer to anyone who asks the reasons for the hope you have within you.

I received a free review copy of The God You Thought You Knew from Bethany House Publishers and have given my honest opinion. 

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:  I Peter 3:15 KJV